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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Behind the Words

By Scott Harrup
June 9, 2013

A book or article that nurtures personal convictions and stirs emotions can prompt a question — does the author’s life line up with the values he or she communicates? That’s not to suggest anyone is perfect, but readers expect a certain congruence between noble prose and its source. Those expectations increase when a writer claims a degree of moral authority and issues a call to action.

The editorials in this issue of the Pentecostal Evangel strongly echo the personal convictions and the very lives of the authors. I have been privileged to work with three of them, and deeply regret missing the opportunity to serve a fourth.

In 1994, when I came on the Evangel staff as news editor, Richard G. Champion had only recently passed away. With his staff and his many friends throughout the Assemblies of God national offices, Champion had built deep relationships; he made every team member of the Evangel feel valued. Co-workers would fight back tears as they shared with me their memories of his personal visits each morning to their offices, coffee cup in hand.

John Maempa led the Evangel in the months following Champion’s passing, and did much to heal the pain of that loss and to keep the magazine moving forward. Hal Donaldson took the helm in 1995; by 2008, when Hal transitioned to full-time administration of Convoy of Hope, he had transformed the magazine and become a mentor and friend to the staff. Ken Horn continues to lead the Evangel into exciting ministry and publication opportunities.

These friends were always, and remain, simply “John,” “Hal,” and “Ken.” Each humbly lives out his relationship with Jesus Christ for all to see. Their predecessors had sterling Christian reputations as well, attested to by numerous documents and other historical artifacts in the Assemblies of God’s Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center, just down the hall from the Evangel editorial offices.

You can trust what you read in these pages, and be assured the words shared are consistent with the lives behind them.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor


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